Just one more story…please!

I’ve had quite a few friends confess that they are scared their little one won’t be a “reader” when he/she grows up. Usually this friend is someone who loves reading themselves and can’t imagine their child growing up without the thrill of a good story, read by flashlight, under the covers, into the wee hours of the night.

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Things I love Thursday

Larabars mmmm…tasty.

Parenthood¬†we don’t have a lot of “shows” but this one has us for good. We love the family dynamics and we love analyzing the “parenting” strategies after the episode is done. And of course it gets us both crying. Every. Time. ūüėČ

Cloud Atlas ok, this book was a mental exercise, but it was SO interesting and worth the time. One review that I read after the fact said “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” But I’m so glad he did! The author brilliantly wove a story through 6 different genres/time periods/novellas and it was quite an experience! It reminded me in some ways of Life of Pi in the way it wove themes about the human experience & spiritual connections – but it was a completely different story. I’m also pretty stoked to see the movie.

You are Your Child’s First Teacher wow, this book is so good (I’m about 1/3 of the way through). It is not about homeschooling but about how the most foundational moments of a child’s life are in the first 6 years. It is encouraging, empowering, and insightful. I’ve already learned things about N and her development that have helped me work through potential meltdowns and other things that have just helped me be more present with her. The thing I love about this book is it is totally accessible. She argues that a mother’s love is not about quantity but quality – and it is the most important thing¬†in your child’s life regardless if you are a stay-at-home, working, or single mom!

Family Fridays Sam has been rearranging his schedule so we can spend some quality family time each week & we have already enjoyed a trip to the Zoo & this week I’m thinking maybe McQueens Orchard! I love growing our little family with him.

Things I DONT love:

Potty Training¬†Boo! This is so not fun. I thought I had a potty prodigy on my hands…unfortunately, we’ve had to start over since Baby A has been born. We started a potty chart this week (Nor loves stickers) but even the promise of ice cream has not proved to be a motivation. It doesn’t help that she had a cold this week & has been an emotional wreck. Oh well… this too shall be a distant memory… some day…

Fave Five: Back to (pre)School!

Fall is in the air! I absolutely love this time of year & I’ve recently started being a little more intentional with N’s activities throughout the week. Each week I try to focus on one letter, color, and animal. I’m hoping it will give a little structure for both of us – so N will know what to expect each day in terms of her playtime, and I will not go¬†crazy¬†before naptime (she doesn’t go down until 3pm these days!!). Each week will look totally different, but I’m hoping that N will come to expect some rhythm and look forward to starting a new letter each week. So far we’ve finished week A & B and here are some of our favorite new books (notice the titles contain A’s & B’s!):

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Stories

“Once upon a time…” I think those are four of my favorite words. What is it about stories? Why are they so captivating? How do they manage to all at once engage, captivate and inspire us? Why are we the only species to share them? Tell them? Live for them?

I was the kid who had to have the book pried from her white-knuckled grip at the dinner table or who would lay in bed at night promising herself “just one more chapter” into the wee hours of the morning (oh wait, I still do that). I loved that stories could instantly take me from my quiet bedroom to a dark night in the French countryside, or a humid jungle with the calls of birds and monkeys echoing in my ears, or the damp, dark recesses of a dungeon. Stories are magic.

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A birth (love) story.

It is a popular phenomenon for mom’s to blog their birth stories. With shows like A Baby Story, the rise in popularity of delivering more “naturally”, and social networks/blogs that encourage the proclaiming of even the most mundane life experiences – it’s not really surprising. Last night, at a cookout with friends, we were talking about this very trend and the women speaking did not have children of their own (but hope to one day) and were describing the stories as a mix of eccentric and horrifying – like a “car crash where you just can’t look away.” I am familiar with these stories, both the extreme (eating placenta, birthing at home in the bathtub, etc) and the graphic (near-death experiences, heart-stopping emergencies). I am not trying to imply that every woman who tells her story online is looking to be sensational, or to minimize the fact that hundreds of women every day have very out-of-the-ordinary, life-threatening labor experiences. I just agree with my childless friends, you should use some discretion when telling your story.

However, I’ve also read plenty of amazing stories that are poetic and written to express the incredible love and life-change that occur at the birth of a child – the miracle where both baby and mother are born. The delivery of my first child was long & tedious, but after seeing her gorgeous face I swore to myself that the only thing I would tell or share with first time moms was: 1) it is the hardest thing you will ever do, but you CAN do it, and 2) it will be the most beautiful moment of your life. Hands down.

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Things I love Thursday

I started this post yesterday, so I’m still going to consider it a “things I love THURSDAY” post! ūüôā It’s finally summer – there are lots of things to LOVE!

Cutting for Stone¬†this was our book club pick for the month of June and seriously, it is my top read of 2012 so far! The novel follows many different story lines (characters) but is mostly about a young surgeon working in a mission hospital in Ethiopia – the story of his birth mother, his identical twin brother, his adoptive family, and his journey of studying medicine are all interwoven with a backdrop of cultural and historical Ethiopia – something I knew little to nothing about. It was such an incredible story (I’m still remember scenes and conversations weeks later!) and the characters (even some of the most fringe characters) had a depth and richness that you are sometimes challenged to find in a popular novel. With so many books out there to waste your time, this one is worth every minute.

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